beautiful and simple trail. nice loop for running.

Multiple parking spots - Trail is well maintained - Beautiful views - Reasonable distance (5.3 mile loop and also 6.5 mile loop available) - quiet and low traffic most of the time

I like to use this trail for running. it's definitely not moderate it's easy (mostly flat wide and open, very few rocky areas). The trail is very easy to follow except for the end to the right of the visitors center if you are facing the reservoir. there are several different colored trails that wind in/around that area. Black is the perimeter trail so that's what you should be following for this hike.

Absolutely beautiful trail!

There was a lot of bugs it was overgrown and there were tree's blocking some paths the paths are super small too!

This is a great trail except most of the plants are overgrown I got caught in a bush. Certain paths have Trees in the way! Other than that it was a great experience. Good views to! Also watch out for ticks!

This is a fantastic hike for someone looking for a pretty easy well-defined loop trail. Plenty of access to water throughout too, which was great for our dogs. Takes about 2 hours to get the whole way around.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nice hike. Looks even better for hunting & fishing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

love MC, always a great day hike.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

Love this trail, love Merrill Creek. Easy walk, great scenery.

trail running
Friday, October 28, 2016

Great views all around. Not a difficult path so I run most of it. Great for pets and kids. You can fish, bring kayaks. There's benches and spots for picnics. No bikes unfortunately.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peaceful. Easy hike. The 2 miles around I did was flat for the most part. Great for walking, speed walking and jogging and walking a dog or something. I got to walk some of the trails past the 2 mile mark and it seemed a little more rugged. If I decide to hike the entire perimeter, I will definitely be wearing hiking boots. Sneakers did fine today.

5.3 to 6 mile hike with enough elevation to make you feel like you did something. Great hike for a family and our dog loved the occasional ability to drink from the reservoir. Kids 8 and up will enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Beautiful area! Great hike!

Beautiful views

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

My family and I did the whole loop a year ago. Very nice view.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Very nice place. Great for kids and dogs, several different trails let you pick the difficulty. You'll see wildlife at nearly every season and the views are lovely.

Good

Was here few months ago... well marked and plenty of other hikers along the trail. watched the snow geese dance above the water. great place for the kids to get out

First time coming here and enjoyed it. Trails were clearly marked but the maps around were unreadable. Luckily I had saved an image on my phone so I could find my way back to the parking lot when I wanted to go. My dog had fun taking a dip in the water and met some other hikers and dogs along the way. Will definitely be back to try some different trails.

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